Today we reveal more about contemporary romance (new adult) author Lori Lapekes.
Lori is the author of a new adult contemporary romance called For A Short Time.
What was your favourite book as a child and why?
Oddly, Bambi! It was an intense YA for its time, nothing like the movie cartoon. It was one of the most emotional, touching and poignant novels I’ve ever read. There is even a brilliant 3 page chapter about two frightened leaves talking about what happens when they fall, as they are the last left one the tree, and no other leaf ever comes back to tell.
Who was your favourite teacher growing up and why?
Miss Johnson, in high school. She believed in my writing and let me use a whole semester to finish a novel for my senior grade in creative writing.
When did you know you wanted to be a writer? Why?
Since I was about 9 or 10 years old and wrote and illustrated handmade books and plays for my sisters and neighbors.
Who in the writing/publishing world do you admire and why?
You small publishers!! You give so many authors like me a chance to “get out there,” when the “biggies” only look for biggies.
Tell us about your daily writing routine – what do you typically do every day?
It varies tremendously. I work a very intense deadline-oriented day job that often leaves me beat…(I’m writing this on my break now) and leaves little time for creativity. I have to really focus after hours to create new works from m scratch. Lately I find myself updating and polishing earlier works that have a lot of potential, or writing short stories.
What is your favourite snack or guilty pleasure food that you (may or many not 😉 indulge in when writing?
Hmmm, chocolate, always…especially silky European milk chocolate. I’m one of the few in the world, it seems, that is not a fan of dark chocolate! Gasp!
What does “writing voice” mean to you? Describe your own writing voice.
I have a constant conversation going in my mind with myself, like now, telling me what to say. The voice is pushier than my own personality, so I have to filter it! But it is me…just a little more intense.
What do you want to accomplish in the next five years in your writing career?
Freedom from a demanding day job would be awesome, or being able to enjoy working part time to supplement my writing would be a dream.
Tis the season to be jolly. What is your favourite thing to do over the holidays?
Lately, I’m getting more introspective and can get melancholy too much holiday madness. My favorite thing to do is to absorb the closeness and connection of spending time with friends and family, as life is fleeting. One of my favorite song lyrics is from Rush: Summer’s going fast, nights growing colder; children growing up, old friends growing older. Time Stand Still.
Ha! Neither! If it doesn’t have a chocolate chip in it, it’s off my radar….!